Even director Martin McDonagh said his mother wanted "Lady Bird" to win.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is getting a lot of attention on the awards circuit, and it picked up several wins at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. McDonagh won for his screenplay; Sam Rockwell won Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Frances McDormand won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama; and the film itself won the big award of Best Picture – Drama.

"Three Billboards" hasn't been seen by "Star Wars" level crowds, but the people who have seen it have had strong love/hate reactions. In that respect, it may end up the most polarizing movie in contention. Like "La La Land" last year? Comparisons are already being made, even if the subjects are very different. (Maybe "Crash" is more apt.)

The Golden Globes screenplay award in particular bothered a lot of viewers, since the script was seen by many as "problematic" for a few reasons.


One of the biggest criticisms is about the writing of Sam Rockwell's character, Officer Jason Dixon, who is casually racist and violent, and still has an "unearned redemption arc."

Others defended the movie: Expect the debate about "Three Billboards" to continue until the Oscars in March.

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